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Humanities at St. Augustine's


Our intent at St Augustine’s is to provide an outstanding humanities curriculum for all our pupils. The National Curriculum 2014 states, all learners will:


  • Understand the role key historical events, eras and significant people have played in the development of the society in which they live.
  • Understand abstract concepts such as empire, democracy, societal organisation, law & order and power, using a range of historical contexts, historical periods and geographical locations.
  • Understand history as a series of inter-connected events using the concepts of cause and effect.
  • Making connections between key events in history and identify unconnected events that follow similar patterns.
  • Identify that lessons can be learnt from the past.
  • Be able to use the skills of historical enquiry to explore a range of key historical events and eras, using a range of sources.


  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
  • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time 
  • share competent in the geographical skills needed to:
  • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
  • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)  
  • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

The humanities curriculum has been designed using the principles of a national curriculum and using the International Primary Curriculum. (IPC)

Additional history and geography learning opportunities are provided through crosscurricula links with other subjects including English, RE and PSHE.

The IPC has 8 Personal Goals which underpin those qualities and learning dispositions we believe children will find essential in their future life. These are:

  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Co-operation
  • Enquiry
  • Morality
  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Thoughtfulness

Opportunities for children to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work. 

The process of learning is :



At St Augustine’s we believe an important measure of successful impact is the level of learner enjoyment and engagement with history and geography. We will measure our impact on this in a variety of ways:

  • Learning walks
  • Book looks
  • Conversations with children

We have a clear view of the skills progression throughout the school and aim for them to successfully cover the majority of skills for each Key Stage.



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